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National Audubon Society Guide to Photographing America's National Parks: Digital Edition Paperback – February 15, 2009
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Discover useful tips on traveling through national parks, working in remote locations and choosing the right digital equipment for shooting nature. Detailed maps are also included. (Outdoor Photographer 2009-11-01)
The book is copiously illustrated with 250 color photographs taken by the author, each accompanied by descriptive text of the particular photographic techniques and settings involved. (The Photograph Collector, Vol. 30, Nos 6 & 7)
From where to see the best scenic views to how to take close-ups of wildflowers, Fitzharris (nature columnist, Popular Photography & Imaging magazine) makes recommendations on taking professional-looking photographs of the attractions of 21 of America's most popular national parks (from Acadia in Maine to Zion in Utah). Digital photo basics and techniques are explained and illustrated in 250 color photos. The 8.5 x 8.5 guide includes a map of park locations, contact information, and a reading list. (SciTech Book News)
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Tim Fitzharris is well known to legions of photographers who read his monthly nature column in Popular Photography. He is the author of more than 25 photography books, including the remarkable National Audubon Society Guide to Nature Photography.
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On the other hand, there are numerous references to film in the discussions of the parks (eg., on p. 62, "Fine-grained, saturated films such as Fujichrome Velvia will produce the highest quality results..."). Not exactly what a digital shooter wants to know. It appears that the park descriptions may have been taken from an earlier edition without editing out references to film and incorporating tips for digital photographers. If that's the case, shame on all involved for such laziness.
Now for the good news. If you are interested in learning the best places to photograph in the 21 national parks featured, this is a fine place to start. Even if you're just trying to decide which parks to visit without photographic ambitions, the excellent photos in this book will help you decide. Or maybe not -- they all look enticing in Fitzharris's images.
Each park is given 6-8 pages with several photography "hot spots" described and located on small maps. The author also tells you which season is best for a visit and the best time of day to shoot at the various locations. In the case of several parks, "excursions" are described to other photographic locations in the region. For example, Bryce Canyon is briefly described as an excursion in the section on Zion National Park. Those who have been to Bryce might argue it merits its own section, but this book is not trying for inclusiveness.
In short, this book is fine as a guide to photo locations in the parks included, but falls rather short in the digital department.
This review would have been 5 star , but for two glaring issues . Many of the photos are garish and have too much PS red and yellow enhancement and the book format is only 8.5 inches tall instead of the usual 11 inches . The problem with this is that the pictures are too small and don't do the scenery any justice . Look at any Amphoto book as opposed to an Audubon and you will see what I mean . Does this change things ? If you use your personal library to inspire as well as brush up on some things that have become rusty through lack of use and time , then the answer may be yes .